15 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sarah Harmer reaffirms her gift for closely-observed, finely-wrought songwriting on Oh Little Fire, her first new album in four years. After taking a break to work as an environmental advocate, the Canadian singer/songwriter returns to her craft with a refreshed perspective and a strengthened sense of melody. She also benefits from Gavin Brown’s production, which adds some astringent guitar and propulsive rhythms to her dreamy style of folk-pop. Harmer’s bemused, often bittersweet take on human relationships are expressed in quick, deft lyric strokes — tunes like “New Loneliness,” “The Marble in Your Eyes” and “Washington” are at once vivid and subtly evocative. “Captive” and “Late Bloomer” come from her sweeter side, though even these songs retain a wry edge. Though all the tracks here are solid, “Silverado” (a duet with Neko Case) stands out for its spacey blend of alt-country sounds and gorgeously visionary language. Harmer’s wistful vocal style — reminiscent of Leigh Nash and Leslie Feist – makes each track feel like a personal confession.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sarah Harmer reaffirms her gift for closely-observed, finely-wrought songwriting on Oh Little Fire, her first new album in four years. After taking a break to work as an environmental advocate, the Canadian singer/songwriter returns to her craft with a refreshed perspective and a strengthened sense of melody. She also benefits from Gavin Brown’s production, which adds some astringent guitar and propulsive rhythms to her dreamy style of folk-pop. Harmer’s bemused, often bittersweet take on human relationships are expressed in quick, deft lyric strokes — tunes like “New Loneliness,” “The Marble in Your Eyes” and “Washington” are at once vivid and subtly evocative. “Captive” and “Late Bloomer” come from her sweeter side, though even these songs retain a wry edge. Though all the tracks here are solid, “Silverado” (a duet with Neko Case) stands out for its spacey blend of alt-country sounds and gorgeously visionary language. Harmer’s wistful vocal style — reminiscent of Leigh Nash and Leslie Feist – makes each track feel like a personal confession.

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About Sarah Harmer

Formerly the driving force behind Weeping Tile, Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer began her solo career in 1999 playing dates with the Indigo Girls, Great Big Sea, and Moxy Fruvous. Harmer's first album outside of Weeping Tile was a tribute to her father titled Songs for Clem. Credited to Harmer and Jason Euringer, the folksy album was released independently by Harmer, but was eventually given wider release by Universal Canada. Her proper debut album, You Were Here, was released in mid-2000 by Zoe Records, and showed a polished, more mature side to her music than her work with her former band. It wasn't until 2004 that Harmer returned with a follow-up, All of Our Names, while in 2006 she explored her country and bluegrass side in I'm a Mountain, which garnered the singer three Juno Award nominations. 2010 saw the release of her fifth album, Oh Little Fire, which features guest appearances from Neko Case, Julie Fader and James Shaw (Metric). ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    November 12, 1970

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